Kosovo’s Thaci: No dialogue under ultimatums

Kosovo’s Thaci: No dialogue under ultimatums Izvor: Printscreen

Hashim Thaci, Kosovo’s President said late on Thursday the meeting with his Serbia’s counterpart Aleksandar Vucic was marked by “the Serbian delegation aggressive behaviour,” adding the dialogue was not possible under ultimatums and with a raised voice,” the Beta news agency.

The Thursday's meeting between the two leaders mediated by the European High Representative Federica Mogherini ended with no results, casting doubt on any perspective of a new encounter.

Their last tête-à-tête meeting took place in Brussels in July, while in September they only had separate talks with Mogherini.

Ahead of the Thursday’s meeting a European External Action Service statement said that “the EU expects Serbia and Kosovo to swiftly deliver on their commitment to the Dialogue given the direct link between comprehensive normalisation of relations between them and the concrete prospects for their EU aspirations”.

Following the talks, Vucic said the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue would continue after the authorities in Kosovo withdrew all the illegal decisions they had taken, referring to Kosovo authorities’ call to raise tariffs on Serbian goods by 10 percent over the past few days, counter to the CEFTA agreement.

“The EU has condemned it, but no one is getting worked up over it,” Vucic said, adding that the decision remained in effect and Pristina was now talking about setting up a military garrison in the north.

Besides, Vucic said Europeans, not the Albanians, were trying to throw Serbia out of the power grid in northern Kosovo.

“They are now trying to take away our right to transfer electricity, making us lose a power line to Macedonia, two to Albania and three to Montenegro,” he said.

Later on Thursday, Pristina media quoted Thaci as saying that a peace agreement was in the interest of both countries, opening them a European perspective.

“It remains to be seen what will happen. It is not an easy challenge (for us) to face each other here,” Thaci said, appealing to the whole Kosovo political scene to take responsibility for a historic agreement.

According to him, the dialogue had no alternative. “Everything else is a populist stand and incidents.”

However, he added he had doubts about the process and that “there is a weak possibility to reach an agreement, but we have to continue working.”

“Vucic’s discourse was aggressive, while we had a fair and balanced attitude regarding the replacement of (UN Security Council) Resolution 1244,” Thaci said, reiterating that as far as Kosovo was concerned, any solution had to include the mutual recognition of independence and Pristina’s UN membership.

Thaci mentioned the replacement of the Resolution 1244, for the first time, apparently referring to its neutral stand toward Kosovo’s final status, but it was not reported that he repeated his previous demand for border correction, i.e., the annexation of Serbia’s southern region mostly populated by ethnic Albanians.

Among other things, the Resolution from 1999 authorises the UN to facilitate a political process to determine Kosovo's future status. "The resolution reaffirms calls for 'substantial autonomy and meaningful self-administration for Kosovo'."

Belgrade is highly unlike to accept any change in the Resolution which might lead to the recognition of Kosovo’s independence and its entry into the UN.

The change would have to be adopted by the Security Council where Russia and China, supportive of Serbia, have a veto right.

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